BEND, ORE.—Outdoor enthusiasts can now check into a new hotel in Downtown Bend that is perfectly designed for adventure. Element Bend, the first Element Hotel by Westin to open in Oregon, is now welcoming guests to its spacious, airy studios and one-bedroom suites. Inspired by the natural beauty around us, wellbeing and environmental sustainability are a key focus of the hotel. Guests can take advantage of the abundance of local outdoor recreational opportunities. Hike in the high desert, raft down the Deschutes River, or take a complimentary bike out to discover the beauty of Bend, Ore., then rejuvenate back in the comfort of the hotel. Element helps travelers put their mental and physical well-being first. Guests feel well-rested and restored through a one-of-a-kind arrival to wash away stress, soothing evening beverages, and peaceful, oasis-like rooms that offer a calming, home-like feeling.
Each suite is outfitted with fully equipped kitchens, spa-inspired bathrooms, and Westin’s Heavenly Beds, ideal for extended stays. The experience provides the autonomy that guests love about online home rentals, with the comforts, excellence, and luxury that only a hotel can provide. Element Bend is a dog-friendly hotel that welcomes canine companions. Whether guests spend their days skiing Mt. Bachelor, summiting South Sister, or touring Bend’s famed breweries with dogs in tow, the experience at Element Bend is designed to refresh, so guests can embrace each day with enthusiasm. Located in charming Downtown Bend, visitors will be able to explore the city’s restaurants, breweries, and shops by foot. Element Bend is located just across the street from Pioneer Park.
“We’re thrilled to be the first in Oregon to open an Element hotel and bring more than 25 years of hospitality management expertise to downtown Bend, Oregon,” says Mereté Vice President of Market Intelligence Liz Dahlager. “Element Bend will make an excellent addition to the city as an ideal hub for travelers who love outdoor adventure, wellness, and sustainability. From the start, we knew this project would reflect Bend’s own ethos.”
Staycation Package Available
To celebrate the grand opening and say hello to their new neighbors, Element Bend is offering a staycation package called Stay in Your Element for locals to experience the hotel. Follow @elementbend on Instagram for more details.
Guests who want their stay to support local environmental initiatives also have the option to purchase Element Bend’s Pledge for the Wild Package. Element Bend is the first hotel in the nation to activate a partnership with Pledge for the Wild, supporting responsible tourism in wild places. The package will include: two souvenir coffee mugs; a $20 donation to Pledge for the Wild; and a copy of Ineffable, a second edition photo book curated by Visit Bend, Pledge for the Wild, and local photographer and designer Richard Bacon, showcasing the talented photographers throughout the Central Oregon community.
Custom-crafted for today’s healthy, active traveler who wants to maintain a balanced lifestyle while on the road, Element Bend’s outdoor-inspired design philosophy is clean, modern, and bright. An abundance of windows allows natural sunlight into the rooms and gathering spaces, the all-natural saline pool provides a healthier, more eco-friendly alternative to chlorine, and the sun-filled Motion Fitness center makes it easy to get a workout in with Life Fitness cardio machines and strength-training equipment. Digital nomads can take advantage of Element’s meeting room and business center, with printing, faxing and high-speed internet available. Element’s signature Bikes to Borrow program enables guests to explore downtown Bend without worrying about packing their own bike. A designated lobby storage area is perfect for guests that do bring their own bikes and skis. Coin-operated laundry machines are also available to all guests, making extended stays even easier.
Element Bend features many options for healthful foods including complimentary Rise breakfasts. Element’s signature Rise breakfast features healthful options including fresh granola, whole fruits, a hot item, and more. After a day of adventuring, guests can return for Relax, a complimentary evening reception hosted Monday through Thursday 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. featuring locally made wine and beer. In addition, Element Bend features two Studio Commons, which are living room and kitchen spaces anchored by four guestrooms where guests can cook, convene, and relax together. In the lobby, Element’s Restore 24-hour pantry is equipped with healthy foods such as pastas, artisanal meats, and cheese. Guests looking for an easy snack will find yogurt, cookies, crackers, trail mix, ice cream, gelato and more, and can also refresh with one of their extensive beverage selections including smoothies, specialty sodas, beer, and wine. Filtered water taps are included in every guestroom and S’well water bottles are for sale in the pantry, reducing the need for plastic water bottles and waste.
Many Sustainability Initiatives
Sustainability is also a core feature of the Element by Westin brand. Element Bend features several unique sustainability initiatives that guests can personally appreciate in a variety of ways:
- Guest rooms feature carpets with up to 100 percent recycled content;
- Wall art is mounted on a base made from recycled tires;
- Walls feature low-VOC (volatile organic compounds) paints;
- Bathrooms feature low-flow faucets and fixtures;
- Light fixtures feature compact fluorescent lightbulbs that use about 75 percent less energy;
- Disposables are minimized by providing silverware and glassware, and by storing amenities in a smart-dispenser system;
- Recycling is made easy, with bins in every guestroom and throughout the public space;
- Filtered water is available in all guestrooms and in the public spaces (through a dispenser unit)’
- Disposable cups made from recycled materials are available for guest use; and
- Element Hotels uses only 100 percent recycled post-consumer wastepaper for all printing and stationery needs.
Electric vehicle charging stations are offered for guests to reduce carbon footprint.